Romola Garai / Drew Barrymore Look-alike?

As I watched Romola in her latest drama playing Emma Woodhouse, I couldn't help but think that she reminded me of Drew Barrymore. What do you think?

(Romola is shown top left and bottom right)


Carey Mulligan

Carey Mulligan took her first step toward a career in acting by writing to actor Julian Fellowes (the Oscar-winning screenwriter of "Gosford Park") who had spoken at her school. One thing led to another and she got cast as Kitty Bennet in 2005's 'Pride & Prejudice.'"

She's definitely received notice for her role as Jenny in 'An Education'. I found it a bit odd how the press was referring to her as a 'new' actress when we've already enjoyed many of her earlier performances !

Born in Westminster, England in 1985, Carey knew from a young age that she wanted to act. I'm pleased that it's worked out for her so that we get to appreciate her performances! She's the latest entry in my Hall of Fame!

>>article in the Telegraph
>>video interview for An Education
>>video interview regarding nomination for Golden Globes

Pride and Prejudice (1995)

My Boy Jack

Bleak House

And When Did You Last See Your Father?

Just found out that Tom Wilkinson turned down the part of Jenny's father in 'An Education'
which went to Alfred Molina. I would have loved to see Wilkinson in that role
but he will be working alongside Carey in the upcoming This Beautiful Fantastic.

Latest News - Jan. 30, 2010

Vic at Jane Austen's World reminded me that Blake Ritson and Hattie Morahan are engaged so I've added them to It's All Relative.

Congrats to James McAvoy
and his wife Anne-Marie Duff
on the news that they're expecting a baby!
(shown at London premiere of Last Station, Jan. 26, 2010)


The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec (2010)
Set in 1912 Paris, based on a series of comic books.
>>Read more on Lights, Camera, History

Dracula: Year Zero
Sam Worthington the latest to hop on the monster bandwagon...

The Talking Cure (2011)
Keira Knightley has been cast opposite Christoph Waltz (Freud) and Michael Fassbender (Jung) in film based on Christopher Hampton's play. To be directed by David Cronenberg. (source)

Thanks to Victoria for mentioning the following BBC projects:

A Passionate Woman (2010)
Based on Kay Mellor's novel set in '50s Britain. Starring Billie Piper, Sue Johnston, Alun Armstrong and Frances Barber (BBC One)

The Sinking of the Laconia (2010)
True story set during WW2 starring Andrew Buchan, Ken Duken, Brian Cox, Lindsay Duncan. (BBC Two)

The Secret Diaries of Anne Lister (2010)
19th century biopic starring Anna Madeley and Maxine Peake. (BBC Two)

Bertie and Elizabeth (2002) - more pics

I revisited this British Royal biopic the other night and although it's a bit rough around the edges, I still found it enjoyable to watch the events unfold as they did back in the 1930's when King Edward VIII abdicated, forcing his unprepared brother to take over. I loved seeing the loving, supportive relationship between Bertie and Elizabeth and how together they helped shape Britain for the years that followed. I felt that some of the characters were over-dramatized for the purposes of this tv movie or at least I hope they were. For instance, I found David to be portrayed as selfish and immature and I thought that the real King Edward had more virtues than displayed in this drama.

All in all, I would recommend it especially if you share an interest in the British Monarchy. I have to admit that I rewatched this partly due to the fact that there's another film due for release this year featuring Colin Firth and Helena Bonham Carter as 'Bertie and Elizabeth' in The King's Speech. It was fun to see a scene in this film with George and his speech therapist Lionel Logue, since that relationship is the primary focus of the new film.

>>original post on Bertie and Elizabeth
>>more British Royalty Films

James Wilby as King George VI (Bertie)

Juliet Aubrey as Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon

Charles Edwards as King Edward VIII (David)

Alan Bates as King George V

Eileen Atkins as Queen Mary

Barbara Leigh-Hunt as Lady Mabel Airlie

Elisabeth Dermot Walsh as future Queen Elizabeth II

One degree of separation...

The Brady Bunch ~ Family Ties ~ Partridge Family ~ The Waltons

Star Trek

What's the common thread of these 4 (make that 5!) television series
that is related to period drama?

Answer: Louisa May Alcott!

Eve Plumb (Jan in Brady Bunch),
Meredith Baxter (Mom in Family Ties)
and Susan Dey (Laurie in Partridge Family)
played Beth, Meg and Jo March respectively in a series of Little Women in 1978.

Thanks to Phylly for pointing out that William Shatner (Capt. Kirk in Star Trek)
played Frederick Bauer
in this adaptation. Hmmm, that does sound interesting!

Ellen Corby (Grandma Walton) also was featured in an adaptation of Little Women,
She played Sophie, Mrs. Kirke's maid in the 1949 film that featured June Allyson as Jo.

Meredith Baxter can also be seen in The Inheritance (1997) based on an Alcott novel.

Little House on the Prairie - the musical

Little House on the Prairie has remained one of the most popular and beloved celebrations of pioneering America since Laura Ingalls Wilder published the first book of her classic series 75 years ago. Now the inspirational stories cross into yet another frontier in an uplifting new musical. Melissa Gilbert, who we all knew as “Laura” for 10 years in the much-loved television series is now all grown up and playing “Ma.”

Music by Rachel Portman.

Kara Lindsay as Laura Ingalls

Preview video:

Dances in Period Films - video

Here's a wonderful video showcasing the
dances of various period dramas. I especially liked seeing Matthew Macfadyen as 'proud Darcy' followed immediately by the clip of the mischievous Sir Felix Carbury. At times, I find these dance rituals of the past to be comical but mostly beautiful and fascinating to watch.

Thanks to gsbohn for creating this montage featuring the following films:

Pride and Prejudice (1995, 2005)
Sense and Sensibility (1995, 2008)
Mansfield Park (1999, 2007)
Persuasion (2007)
The Way We Live Now
Lorna Doone
Daniel Deronda
Northanger Abbey

Bright Star - Charles Armitage Brown

"I failed John Keats.
I did not know til now how tightly he wound himself around my heart."
-quote by Mr. Brown from 'Bright Star' screenplay

Twenty years after Keats' death, Brown writes about his friend John Keats:
As a critic on his poems, I confess myself incapable. I have purposely refrained from the task. While alive to their beauties, I am conscious of not being so to their faults. Time has not allayed my admiration. To dwell alone upon the beauties of his works is ample joy, and I seek not to have it diminished. Upon this subject I have but one observation to offer: he was, from the first day he became a poet, in progressive improvement. To this his poems bear witness. How high, had he not been destroyed by hirelings or disease, his genius might have soared, is a thought that at once exalts and depresses me.

Paul Schneider who portrays Brown has mentioned how it was Bright Star director Jane Campion that inspired him to go into filmmaking. After seeing The Piano, her celebrated 1993 film, Schneider knew he “wanted to be around movies” and kept the ticket stub for the film as a reminder. He loved it so much because it was the first film he’d seen that was the result of “commerce and art married.”


Costume Designers Guild Awards


Excellence in Period Film:
"Coco Before Chanel" – Catherine Leterrier
"Julie & Julia" – Ann Roth
"Nine" – Colleen Atwood
"Sherlock Holmes" – Jenny Beavan
"The Young Victoria" – Sandy Powell

Where, oh where is Bright Star ??!!

Excellence in Contemporary Film:
"(500) Days of Summer" – Hope Hanafin
"Brüno" – Jason Alper
"Crazy Heart" – Doug Hall
"Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire" – Marina Draghici
"Up in the Air" – Danny Glicker

Excellence in Fantasy Film:
"Avatar" – Mayes C. Rubeo & Deborah Lynn Scott
"The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus" – Monique Prudhomme
"Star Trek" – Michael Kaplan

Outstanding Made for Television Movie or Miniseries:
"Georgia O'Keeffe" – Michael Dennison
"Grey Gardens" – Catherine Marie Thomas
"Little Dorrit" – Barbara Kidd

What about BBC's Emma???

Outstanding Contemporary Television Series:
"Big Love" – Chrisi Karvonides-Dushenko
"Glee" – Lou Eyrich
"Dancing with the Stars" – Randall Christensen
"No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency" – Jo Katsaras
"Ugly Betty" – Patricia Field

Outstanding Period/Fantasy Television Series:
"Mad Men" – Janie Bryant
"True Blood" – Audrey Fisher
"The Tudors" – Joan Bergin

Lacoste Career Achievement in Film Award
Sandy Powell

and Emily Blunt will be recieving the Swarovski Award
(I have no idea what this award is for despite searching for more info. I would urge the Costume Designers Guild to do better publicity...)

The winner will be announced at the 12th Annual Costume Designers Guild Awards on February 25th, 2010

Emma (2009) - screencaps

Here are a selection of screencaps and promo pics from Emma,
starring the lovely Romola Garai and the dashing Jonny Lee Miller...
(above images bit easier to see with white background)

Fan video for Emma (2009)

Here's "Sweet Disposition",
a fanvid for Emma which will be premiering this Sunday on PBS.
Spoiler alert!
Thanks to bulletproofcouch for making this great video!
I love how it sums up 4 hours in 4 minutes
and it's one of the few videos that I will watch repeatedly!

More images from "Bright Star"

I enjoyed watching this film even more the second time around.
Here are some quick screencaps from
with Ben Whishaw as John Keats
Abbie Cornish as Fanny Brawne
Drected by the formidable Jane Campion.

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